Zino's Petrel off Madeira - June 2018

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Newhaven Harbour 6/1/17

Two visits to this site today thankfully yielded in the end a stonking first-winter Caspian Gull. It remained on site for over an hour as the tide slowly came in. Further scans produced a presumed second-winter, though a couple of features leave me in some doubt, though at the time this bird looked very promising.

Earlier in the week I managed to get over to the east of the county with the following highlights seen:

Red-necked Grebe - Camber
Hen Harrier - Scotney GP
Tree Sparrow - 20 at East Guildford
Taiga Been Geese - 5 at Pett
Pink-footed Geese - 4 at Pett + Barnacle Geese & Ruff
Cattle Egret - 2 at Tarring Neville

a huge first-winter Caspian Gull that showed well for over an hour

presumed second-winter Caspian Gull - the pale iris and shorter-legged appearance is slightly concerning but in the field the profile looked very promising. Yellow-legged Gull is the other option.

1 comment:

  1. hey mate, just seen this. To me, the heavier bill with an obvious gondyeal angle is a pro-YLG feature too, and it looks pretty heavy built and squared off like YLG, though still retaining a lot of Casp characteristics. I wouldn't want to put a definitive name to it either! But I wouldn't even be convinced it's a "pure" bird one way or the other.